Cross-State Reciprocity

Washington State Certified Asbestos Classes

  • Asbestos Worker
  • Asbestos Supervisor

If you are coming to Washington with a certification from another state, you must meet all of the following to gain certification in Washington:

  • Possess a current valid certification from the other state
  • Washington's L&I must evaluate the other state's qualification procedures and determine if the certification meets Washington's minimum requirements
  • Take a one-day refresher
  • Present two forms of valid identification

If you are going to another state from Washington, certification rules will vary. For state asbestos certification contact information, download this PDF:  http://www2.epa.gov/asbestos/state-asbestos-contacts

EPA Certified Asbestos Classes

  • Asbestos Building Inspector
  • Asbestos Management Planner
  • Asbestos Project Designer

If you are coming to Washington with a certification from another state, your certification will be accepted here. Washington has no state-based certification program for AHERA asbestos classes. However, your certification must be current (not-expired).

If you are going to another state from Washington, certification rules will vary. Many states do not have state-based certification programs for AHERA asbestos classes. To be sure, download this PDF that contains state asbestos certification contact information: www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/epaaprv.pdf 

Lead Certification Classes

  • Lead Inspector
  • Lead Risk Assessor
  • Lead Abatement Worker
  • Lead Abatement Supervisor
  • Lead Project Designer

These classes are regulated by Washington State Department of Commerce. You will be granted reciprocity if you are currently certified (not expired) by another state, tribe or EPA program in the same discipline (specialty) for which you are applying to Washington. If reciprocity is granted, you do not have to meet the eligibility requirements for first-time certification such as training, experience and examination.

Details and forms for certification and recertification in Washington can be found at: http://www.commerce.wa.gov/site/1015/default.aspx

Lead Renovator (Renovation, Repair, and Paint) Classes

  • Lead Renovator 8 hr (Renovation, Repair, and Paint)
  • Dust Sampling Technician

These classes are currently regulated by federal EPA and have no reciprocity requirements in Washington. However, it is anticipated that in early 2011 these classes will become regulated by Washington State Department of Commerce. Reciprocity at that time will have requirements for Washington (details to be determined).

Other Classes

  • Hazardous Waste 24 hr and 40 hr Initial
  • Hazardous Waste and Emergency Response Refresher
  • Emergency Response Hazmat Technician
  • US DOT Hazardous Materials Transportation
  • Lead Hazards in Construction – OSHA/DOSH required
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Asbestos Operations & Maintenance (Class III)
  • Asbestos Intact Class II (Roofing, flooring, gaskets)
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Mold Management
  • OSHA Construction Safety 10 hr
  • Hazard Communication
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Respiratory Protection

These classes do not have any specific reciprocity requirements in Washington. However, their content must reflect applicable Washington State regulations, which may be different from the federal regulations or from the state regulations on which a person’s original training was based.

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